Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trepaneringsritualen Interview

Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I just came back from a US tour with Bölzer a month ago and keeping busy with a long string of one-nighters in Europe this fall. There’s a slew of reissues coming over the coming month, but Kainskult is the obvious focus for me right now.

Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Kainskult is pretty much a natural progression from Perfection & Permanence. I suppose the main difference is that there’s more focus on rhythmic material this time around, and less ambient passages. There’s a tangible tribal feel to it, seething and hallucinatory. 

Your lyrics have on the new recording have a gnostic concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
Gnosis is at the very core of T × R × P, so it’s nothing unique to Kainskult. The object of the whole ritual is to achieve enlightenment, so as to be able to escape the bounds of flesh and become God.

Kainskult is first and foremost a celebration of Kain, the original transgressor and heresiarch, and all those who follow in his footsteps. It’s nine chants of defiance, of Willful heresy.

On the website you had some pictures of runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Germanic alphabet?
The emanate from time before time, from the whirling chaos of uncreation, and through them, one may communicate with the primordial forces that know no fleshly bounds. In them is contained all the knowledge, all the power, all the mysteries. I’ve only recently begun working with them in earnest, but it’s proven to be a very rewarding journey thus far.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trepaneringsritualen’?
I never chose the name, it was given to me along with the task of carrying the curse that is T × R × P. I willingly go where I am lead. I believe the name hides many meanings, but the core would be to open ones third eye and thus come in full communion with all the gods, and all that lay beyond the created worlds.

On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?
That is not entirely true, there’s a number of outside collaborators, without whom Kainskult would not have been the same. Thanks and praise are due to Blitzkrieg Baby, Lina Baby Doll, Veil of Light, Nordvargr, Idlu Lili Regulus, Michael Idehall, Kim Larsen, Thomas Bøjden, Joachim Nordwall, Peter Bjärgö, DE · TA · US · TO · AS, Antti Litmanen, Daniel Hofmann, Aaron Turner, Fredrik Bergström, David S. Herrerías, Alone in the Hollow Garden, Dag Rosenqvist, and last but not least Peter Johan Nijland.

Furthermore, I am never truly alone in T × R × P, as I believe it is something far greater at work here than just one man’s creativity. There are plans in the works that will see T × R × P grow far larger and far more powerful, but it’s too early to go into greater detail at this time.

What are some of the best shows that you have played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Each performance is ecstatic revery and hallucinatory ritual. The aim is to throw both myself and the audience headfirst into the Void ∴ Vision ∴ Vortex and to escape the bondage of flesh. The joint ritual with my brothers in Sutekh Hexen at Stella Natura in 2013 is one that had a profound effect, not only on me but anyone in attendance. Just ask anyone who was there, all of creation howled in agony and turned on us. A recording of the event is available on Pesanta Urfolk with the title One Hundred Year Storm, though it comes nowhere near doing justice to the awesome power present then and there.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
There's a handful of one-nighters across in the coming month and a half, then a bit of a break followed by 18 dates across Europa with Batushka and Shammasch in January. The rest of 2018 is still too sketchy to mention, but I have no plans of slowing down, quite the contrary.

The new album was released on 'Tesco Organization', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tesco Organization is nothing short of legendary. They’re celebrating 30 years of uncompromising audial assaults this year, so it’s, of course, a huge honor to be working with them.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ritual and death industrial?
I hear words like “legendary” bandied around, so I think it’s fair to say that people are appreciative. 

Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I go where I am led, so it is not for me to say. Like I said, T × R × P is something far greater than me, and its purpose is far from clear to me. Therefore I strive to put as little of my own consciousness into it as I can.

What are some of the bands or musical style that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen pretty much exclusively to folk music these days, but it’s been a good fall for new music I must say. I’ve been listening a lot to the new albums by Zola Jesus, Myrkur, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Arckanum. All are warmly recommended. The roots of the T × R × P lay in the ritual industrial bands of the 80’s; Zos Kia, Current 93, Zero Kama, Ain Soph, Lustmord and so forth, and of course Brighter Death Now. Anything on Galakthorrö also hits the spot. I also urge everyone to check out the works of all of the contributors to Kainskult.

How would you describe your views on Occultism?
The purpose of T × R × P is to reveal that which is hidden, but words ending with “ism” rarely contribute anything of value to this world. I forge my own path.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Kainskult is available now on vinyl, cd, and as download on Tesco Organization.

https://trepaneringsritualen. bandcamp.com
http://tesco-germany.com
http://tesco-distro.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

Haexecnth/Macabre Noize/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  album  between  Brazil's  Haexecnth  and  Macabre  Noise  who  team  up  to  create  a  recording  that  is  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and drone    with  some  blackened  touches.

  Harsh  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  a  hew  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  industrial  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  must  of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  At  times  the  music  evokes  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  touches  of  dark  ambient  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  as  well  as  having  their  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments and  synths  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Haexecnth  and  Morbid  Noize  team  up  and  creates  a  recording  that  mixes  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  and  drone  together  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  from  Haexecnth  and  Morbid  Noize  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  noise,  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sonitsi  Abyssum".  8  out  of  10.

Tuskar/Arianrhod/Riff Rock Records/2017 EP Review

 Tuskar  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of   stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Arianrhod"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Riff  Rock  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  the  clean  vocals  are  mostly  rooted  in  a  stoner  rock  style  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while angry  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  elements  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Tuskar  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal  while  some  black  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tuskar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Strides  The  Collossus"  and  "Crimson  Skull".  8  out  of  10.        

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Svartsinn/Morkets Variabler/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Svartsinn  are  a  solo project  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Morkets  Variabler"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  and  soundscape  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  whispers  are  also  utilized  briefly  on  a  track.

  At  times  the  music  has  an  avant  garde  touch  and  as  the  album  progresses  cello's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  Nietzsche  and  Loevecraft  concepts  and  on  some  tracks  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic.

  Svartsinn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  ambient  style  of  previous  releases  while also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  drone  and  ritual  music  elements  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svartsinn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doubt  As  Sin  (Nietzsche's  Lament)"  "In  The  Wake  Of  Azathoth(A  Lovecraftian  Epilgue)"  and  "Vemod  (Cello Mix)".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Trepaneringsritualen/Kainskult/Tesco Organization/2017 CD Review


  Trepaneringsritualen  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Kainskult"  which  was  released  by  Tesco  Organization.

  Angry  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  along  with  some  back  up  vocals  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  an  underground  industrial  style  and  growls  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Programmed  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  tribal  drumming  and  metal  percussion  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Trepaneringsritualen  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Kain  the  original  Heresiarch  and  his  battle  with  Yaldabaoth  the  Gnostic  Demiurge.

  In  my  opinion  Trepaneringsritualen  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  death  industrial  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  And  Ecstasy" "Feral  Me"  and  "An  Immaculate  Body  Of  Water".  8  out  of  10. 

Hex Wave/2017 Demo Review


  Hex  Wave  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  metal  and  death  rock  with  some  touches  of     black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 self  released  demo.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  horror  movie  style  keyboards  and  bass  guitar  riffs  that  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  which  also  leads  to  more  of  a  death  rock  style  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  are  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.

  Touches  of  punk  and  goth  rock  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  sounding  modern  at  the  same  time  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  death  rock  style  along  with  some  melodic  moments  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  elements  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  and  all  of the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Hex  Wave  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  rock  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hex  Wave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death rock  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  blackened  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonlust"  "White  Christ".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Acheulean Forests Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

A: Well it is a solo fantasy/folk ambient/dungeon synth project of mine that is steeped deep in the lore of faeries and enchanted forests.
The music is a lot of the time is somewhat more folkish and whimsical but can also be dark moody and atmospheric.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

A: Lots of Folk like melodies. I like to have a bright Whimsical and or "Puckish" (as some have deemed it! haha)
But also it can be very melancholic and atmospheric and or dark sounding and moody. Waltzing melodies, lots of bells and flutes.
I also love incorporating deep reverbing keys.

3.The song themes deal a lot with Celtic Fairy Lore and Folk Tales, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

A: I'm an Escapist and a Fantasist. I also have a deep and passionate love for Nature. I've always loved Celtic Lore and Culture since I was young.
I always felt as though the mythology has a a lot of elements and themes I deem desirable and personally relate too.
I am not a greatly into focusing on the realm of our immediate reality. I want my music to get to those who feel like me and want to escape somewhere magical and beautiful. It's really music for the hardcore fantasists out there. I absolutely 100% believe in faeries and unseen folk who dwell deep within the heart of the forests.

4.So far most of the music has been instrumental are you open to using any vocals in the future?

A: I may, there are a few older songs like on the "Dreams of Forests" release that have vocals.
there is also another song I'm working on for a split that is supposed to feature some spoken word.
Hopefully I may do more in the future.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Acheulean Forests'?

A: Honestly, in the beginning I wanted the music to focus on Nature and Ancient Cultures (sometimes even prehistoric)
I was watching a documentary and there was a stone cultured mentioned called "Acheulean" and I thought the word sounded beautiful. So I wanted something ancient but I wanted to also incorporate "Forests" in there.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical sound?

A: Yes, when I can record everything by myself on my own time it's definitely more convenient.
I play Black Metal as well and sometimes when with a band and recording with other people and a producer I can get fairly annoyed by the demands of everything having to sound a very specific way and your also on a engineers time in the studio and it is a lot more of the time starts to feel rushed and or uninspiring. I like to produce my music how I want it to sound.

7.Since 2016 you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

A: A lot of the early material was pre-written and then recorded in a studio. (Dreams of Forests release was all studio recordings)
But, at the time I didn't have any other way or means to record at the time except for studio. I finally saved up my money and got a laptop and new keyboard and began going back to independently recording all my music at home in privacy. But, I usually only record when I'm feeling inspired.
I spend a lot of time hiking in the woods and reading old folklore books (a lot of the time old European folklore) and or watching old fairy tale movies from the early 50's. These things make for great inspiration and when I have an idea I go set up my little makeshift studio and begin recording.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dungeon synth?

A: So far nothing but positivity and encouragement. I really love Dungeon Synth and The community surrounding this music
I'm extremely excited to keep making more music and sharing it with like minded people who also enjoy this form of fantasy music.


9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

A: Yes I have a solo Atmospheric Black Metal project called "Goatswarth"
I'm also involved in a project with my long time friend and the name of our  Experimental Black Metal band is called "Born an Abomination" I do vocals in that.
I do keyboards in a Black Metal band called "Terranaut"
I also have a Folk Ambient/Neo-Folk solo project called "Trollkjerring as well.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

A: I just want to keep recording and playing music as much as I can. I also just want to more importantly keep making Pure Fantasist music that creates an avenue for everyone who are escapists and or are people heavily in touch with nature and the spirits of the woods.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

A: my main inspirations I'd say at least for this kind of music has been Cernunnos Woods (U.S.), Cernunnos (GR), Wind/Varjosielu (FIN),
Daoine Sidhe (FR), Elfen (GR), Voices of Winds (FIN). Those are some of my very absolute favorites and biggest inspirations.

I've been listening to a lot of classical music music lately and renaissance music aswell as Celtic Folk music and New Age and of course Black Metal
Some of my favorite artists I've been listening to a lot probably has to be Enya, Clannad, Osgiliath, Tom Newman, Nuit Noire, Hin Onde, Goatmoon,
Pete Johansen (Former violinist of The Sins of Thy Beloved and Tristania)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Hiking, Camping, Reading, Drinking Whiskey

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you for having me. Also thank you to all the supporters of Acheulean Forests! Lots of new music coming soon!

Yr ysbryd pf yn y goedwig hud yn dragwyddol!

Hir yn byw y tylwyth teg!